Learn the legal requirements for taking your pet with you on a trip from the United States to Sweden.
International travel can be tricky when you want to take your pets along. Traveling internationally with one’s pet requires some advance planning because different countries have different health and documentation requirements for animals entering from elsewhere.
The United States is considered a country in which an effective rabies control system is in place. This fact makes traveling to European Union member countries a bit easier because, as long as one has the appropriate documentation, the animal will not need to be quarantined before it is allowed to enter the country.
This article addresses Sweden’s laws for pet immigration.
You Must Enter With Your Pet Through Stockholm or Gothenburg
In planning your trip to Sweden with your dog, it is important to note that animals from the United States and other “listed” non-EU countries may be brought into the country only through the airports Stockholm-Arlanda or Gothenburg-Landvetter.
The Dog Must Have a Microchip or Tattoo
To enter Sweden, your dog must be identified by either a permanent tattoo or by a microchip of ISO standard 134.2 kHz. The tattoo or microchip must be applied by a veterinarian and the identity number must be included in all the pet’s documentation, including the veterinary certificat or the pet passport. Note that beginning in 2011, EU member countries will recognize only microchips for identifying animals traveling from overseas.
Most pets in the United States currently have a microchip with a radio-frequency of 125 kHz. Therefore, if you plan to travel to Sweden or another EU member country, check with your veterinarian about having a microchip of ISO standard applied.
The Dog Must be Vaccinated Against Rabies and Tapeworm
In order to enter Sweden, your dog must have the basic vaccination against rabies. The rabies vaccination must be given when the dog is at least three months old. After the vaccination, the dog must be checked to ensure it has produced sufficient antibodies against rabies.
Additionally, the dog must be dewormed by a veterinarian against the tapeworm Echinococcus. The deworming must be noted by the veterinarian on the veterinary certificate or pet passport.
You Must Obtain a Veterinary Certificate
Before you travel to Sweden with your dog, have your veterinarian complete a veterinary certificate stating the animal’s identity number, dates of vaccination, rabies antibody analysis and deworming. Bring the veterinary certificate as well as the vaccination certificates and the blood test results with you when you travel to Sweden.
Forms for the veterinary certificate may be found on the website of the Swedish Board of Agriculture. If your dog is able to travel with you in the airplane, the veterinary certificate for pet animals should be used.
However, if your pet is too large to ride on the plane with you, it may have to travel as cargo. If the animal must travel as cargo without a person to accompany it, a veterinary certificate for trade animals must be used. Those forms are also available on the website of the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Pets that are considered trade animals must be seen by a veterinarian no more than 24 hours prior to departure for Sweden in order to be permitted into the country.
Animals that are considered trade animals must also be inspected by a veterinarian upon arrival with the inspection taking place at one of the border inspection posts. Arrange for the inspection at least one business day prior to arrival. The contact information for the border inspection posts is available on the Board of Agriculture website.
With a little advance planning, you will find that traveling with your dog to Sweden is not as daunting a prospect as it may seem. The requirements are fairly simple for animals traveling into Sweden from the United States. And once in Sweden, you will find it to be a very dog-friendly place to visit with your dog in tow.